Meet Victoria Lewellen
Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam. Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it may run in families.
BAV didn’t cause Lewellen any problems as a child. She didn’t get tired when she was running around playing with friends. And her annual echocardiograms showed her heart was working fine. Since everything was going well, Lewellen stopped getting the yearly heart tests in high school. “I guess we just didn’t really understand what risks could be involved,” she said. Click here to read the rest of Victoria’s story.